The internet has revolutionized our approach to education. These days, you can learn anything if you have time, an open mind, and a good internet connection. Sometimes, updates happen through webcasts. It’s not a full-length course but it’s like a seminar of sorts that is web-based and includes latest updates about a specific topic. Webcasts render a unique charm in themselves; it won’t require you to sign up and watch long videos continuously. You will only watch once and you already learn a lot.
For my first formal webcast at O’Reilly, I began with a Drupal-related topic. It was Dani Nordin’s Better Drupal UX Design. My good friend RK recommended this O’Reilly webcast to me a few weeks ago. It went live at 10pm Philippine time last night. Since I have a very strict workout schedule, I decided to watch it early this morning instead. Thankful to find that O’Reilly actually keeps a web recording of every webcast. So I was able to workout at the gym and watch it the following day. The only caveat to watching a recording webcast is that you can no longer take advantage of the live group chat where you can post your questions to the speaker.
Nordin’s Better Drupal UX Design is light in its approach but enlightening. I found the names to the things I am already doing in my development efforts.In working for clients, it is normal to wear a lot of hats in web development. Sometimes, you are hired for backend purposes on paper but you end up doing both frontend and backend during the development.
One of the best fascinating techniques I learned (though it’s not really a new or original idea) is to use Post-Ups for Initial Architecture. She also generously provided a lot of resources, answers to questions, and actual examples from her experience.
These days, it’s not enough to just know a lot of backend tricks. Front-end and user experience matters, too; it dictates if the website will be visited or used by the targeted users later. Some backend guys scoff at frontend guys, but in reality, both are absolutely necessary in any project. My one dream is to become a full-stack dev and polyglot, but that will take a really long time and a lot of websites to pull off effectively. I am really turned off with hardcore backend speakers who say that frontend is unimportant. It is still important because it is what the end users will see. It can actually make or break a project if your UI sucks, no matter how solidly amazing your backend is. So I am not really surprised if projects have dedicated UX or UI experts to perfect that for the client.